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Summary for 1515 E MARION ST E / Parcel ID 2254501800 / Inv # 0

Historic Name: Common Name:
Style: American Foursquare - Prairie, Queen Anne - Free Classic Neighborhood: Central Area
Built By: Year Built: 1906
This is a fairly typical example of American Foursquare architecture featuring details associated with late Queen Anne - Free Classic design and formal characteristics that anticipate the Prairie style. The structure’s design integrity has been somewhat compromised by alterations at the porch and at the southeast corner of the house.

This is one of approximately 2,200 houses that are still extant out of more than 5,000 that were built by the end of 1906 in Seattle’s Central Area, Eastlake, First Hill, Leschi, Madison Park, Madrona, and North Capitol Hill neighborhoods.

A complete permit history, and a complete record of ownership and occupation have not yet been prepared for this property.


King County GIS Center Property Report (; accessed July 12, 2008)

King County Property Record Card (c. 1938-1972) Washington State Archives

This is a two story, clapboard, shingle, and drop siding clad, wood frame single-family residence on a concrete foundation, over a quarter basement. The porch is built on a post and beam foundation according to the King County Property Record Card.

The essentially rectangular plan is capped by a hip roof with moderate overhangs, and enclosed soffits.

The windows and doors are characterized by patterns and details customarily associated with Queen Anne work. The number and  variety of cladding materials utilized, together with the use of insets and bays, is also typical of that style. The built up frieze just below the main roof, and the similarly designed entablature at the asymmetrically placed porch, combined with the grouped Tuscan columns supporting the porch roof are defining features of Free Classic work. However, the fact that the frieze and entablature are extended around the structure, giving the house a distinctive horizontal emphasis, and the use of the one story, partial width porch with an essentially four square design, are evocative of the then emerging Prairie style.

It appears that a new door, and an associated porch with Tuscan columns, have been added at the southeast corner of the house at some point since 1937. This change required modification of the original fenestration at that quadrant of the structure. The original detached garage appears to have been removed and replaced by an arbor.

Detail for 1515 E MARION ST E / Parcel ID 2254501800 / Inv # 0

Status: Yes - Hold
Classication: Building District Status:
Cladding(s): Shingle, Wood, Wood - Clapboard, Wood - Drop siding Foundation(s): Concrete - Poured, Post & Pier
Roof Type(s): Hip Roof Material(s): Unknown, Asphalt/Composition-Shingle
Building Type: Domestic - Single Family Plan: Rectangular
Structural System: Balloon Frame/Platform Frame No. of Stories: two
Unit Theme(s): Architecture/Landscape Architecture
Changes to Plan: Moderate
Changes to Windows: Moderate
Changes to Original Cladding: Slight
Changes to Interior: Unknown
Major Bibliographic References

Photo collection for 1515 E MARION ST E / Parcel ID 2254501800 / Inv # 0

Photo taken Nov 24, 2007
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